Pa. physical science teacher elected vice president of nation’s largest union
31-year classroom veteran vows to fight for equity, diversity in public education
DENVER - July 07, 2014 -
Rebecca S. “Becky” Pringle, a physical science teacher who taught in Susquehanna Township School District in Harrisburg, Pa., has been elected vice president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest union. Nearly 8,000 NEA delegates voted as part of its 152nd Annual Meeting and 93rd Representative Assembly, taking place June 26–July 6 in Denver.
Pringle who has six years as NEA secretary-treasurer since 2008, oversaw the multimillion dollar budget and fiscal integrity of the organization while advocating on issues such as professional rights and responsibilities, equity in education, and human and civil rights.
“From the botched implementation of the Common Core State Standards to toxic tests that are hurting our students, there are many challenges facing public education,” said Pringle, a native of Philadelphia who attended both the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University. “As vice president of the nation’s largest union of educators, I will work to ensure that NEA lives up to its rich history and legacy of human and civil rights, which is the foundation for realizing a great public school for every student.”
Pringle has more than 30 years of classroom experience and has held leadership positions at the national, state and local levels within the association, including NEA’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors as well as NEA’s state affiliate, the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
“The qualities that made Becky a great physical science teacher—curiosity, imagination and the drive to challenge conventional wisdom—are the ingredients we need in our organization’s leadership,” said outgoing NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “She also understands how important it is to have the community, along with elected officials, parents and business leaders, working together with the same goal of helping our students succeed.”
Pringle demonstrated some of those qualities when she led the workgroup that produced NEA’s groundbreaking “Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability,” the organization’s first broad endorsement of the need for significant change in evaluation and accountability systems. The policy defined what a student-centered evaluation system should look like: one that is focused on improving professional practice and that respects teachers as professionals. NEA’s Policy Statement has positioned teachers to take the lead in ensuring professional quality to meet the diverse needs of all students, and offers sweeping changes to elevate the profession of teaching.
In her role as vice president of the nation’s largest professional organization, Pringle ranks second among its leadership and is now one of the highest-ranking African-American female leaders in the labor movement. Pringle succeeds Lily Eskelsen García, who has been elected NEA president, and will take office on Sept. 1, 2014.
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